Hermes and Stebo Agraria were founded with the objective in mind to support companies involved in fruit growing and viticulture with a range of advanced high-quality products. Hermes produces mulching machines and hammer mowers as well as harvesting platforms with conveyor belts. Today Hermes is able to present a range of machines of the highest technological level, the result, on the one hand, of experience and on the other, of the innovative spirit of its founder and its employees. The degree of specialisation of Hermes is most of all visible in the production of self-propelled harvesting platforms with conveyor belts for fruit picking. Stebo Agraria produces and markets impregnated wooden poles of the Stebopal® brand, metal poles with high carbon content, accessories, wires, and everything that is necessary to fit out vineyards and orchards. We pay particular attention to a consistent high quality and to the mechanisation of the modern fruit- and winegrowing industry.
Stebo Agraria was founded in 1967 by Mr Alfred Bonmassar. Its initial activity was supplying insecticides, fertilizers, concrete poles, bamboo stakes, accessories and various products to firms involved in fruit growing and viticulture.
As early as 1967 Mr Alfred Bonmassar realised the importance and the necessity of producing a pole of impregnated wood to be used in modern orchards and vineyards. This is how the collaboration started with Dr Quast, the well-known agronomist of the York Institute of the University of Hamburg-Harburg, who had done research into the quality of impregnated wooden poles. His conclusion: “only the seasoned wood of the Nordic pine tree is suitable for deep impregnation, guaranteeing a lifetime of 20 to 30 years”. From that time on, with the same commitment and the same passion, Stebo Agraria has produced and sold poles made of Nordic pine called Stebopal®.
In 1974 Alfred Bonmassar and Wilfrid Kröss, until today owners of Hermes, began the production of mulching machines and hammer mowers to respond to the problem caused by grass and weeds in orchards and vineyards.
1979 was the year which saw another innovation. In that year Alfred Bonmassar introduced in Italy an innovative platform to be used in fruit picking: the Dutch Pluk-O-Trak, which from the point of productivity, of quality of the harvest, simplicity of construction, adaptiveness within a short time became a benchmark for fruit growers as far as mechanised picking is concerned.
Today Hermes is proud to present a range of fruit picking platforms with conveyor belts which is unique in Europe. Besides the Pluk-O-Trak, the range of platforms includes the Hermes series Tecnofruit.
Hermes and Stebo Agraria are two separate firms but under the same ownership and above all linked by a shared mission: putting at the disposal of farmers advanced solutions with a view to attaining the goals which firms that manage modern orchards and vineyards aim at.
With commitment and passion, we have set ourselves the goal of becoming the trusted partner of modern agricultural firms, supporting the farmer in all his choices with relevant advice and appropriate products.
Hermes and Stebo Agraria stand for professionalism and sustainability:
- Integrity and honesty in harmony with our values
- Clarity of intent
- Courage in accepting challenges
- Continuous improvement
- Adopting state-of-the art technology
- Respect for the environment